2018 Community Feature: Stoli

It should never be taken for granted the privilege of being able to stand proudly with any organization that celebrates the diversity of our communities by loudly and clearly showcasing the beauty of living as one’s authentic self.  As an organization that strives to raise the bar for all, it is of particular pride for Stoli Group to sponsor the 2018 Pride Winnipeg Festival.

As we reflect on this year’s theme of “My first Pride”, there are many firsts that come to our mind.  This year we celebrate in 2018 forty years since Harvey Milk assumed office as the first gay man to campaign-and then win-on a platform of equality, we are reminded that it is important to pay homage to those that paved the way in the past for the freedoms we enjoy today while keeping in mind that we are far from achieving equality for all.   It is this inspiration that serves as the foundation for our LGBT programs, including the 5th annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest LGBT bartender celebration which honors the legacy of gay bars as original community centers and safe spaces, and the bar stars who continue to raise the bar today.    Through our Heroes of Diversity video series, we strive to showcase individuals who, by living their lives authentically and unapologetically, are achieving remarkable things while encouraging others to do the same.  And we loudly and clearly are most proud this year by continue to support LGBT communities across Canada.

Thank you for the opportunity to gain new inspiration via our sponsorship with Pride Winnipeg, and please visit www.HeroesRaisingtheBar.com to learn more about Stoli Group’s continuing commitment to “Raising the Bar”.


Sincerely and thanks,

Patrik Gallineaux

North American LGBT Manager and Ambassador for Stoli Group

2018 Community Feature: Samantha James Hair Design

Samantha James Hair Design is a boutique hair salon in the heart of Saint Boniface.

Owners, Samantha and James, opened this salon with the goal to have fun doing what they love and create the best experience for each individual that steps through their door.

James, has been a proud member of the LGBTTQA* community for over 15 years and thankful for everything it has given him.  “I was the only ‘out’ kid in high school so going to the Pride Parade gave me the opportunity to meet others like me in a safe space. It was such an amazing, positive experience and now it’s my turn to give back so that it can keep growing.”

There has been so much support and love over the years which has allowed for people to feel safe and open about themselves and who they are as a person.

And although we have made great strides as a society, there is still a long way to go and we need to continue pushing for the equality everyone deserves.  The smallest action can have the greatest impact, so never give up fighting for what is right.

Happy Pride Week from the Samantha James Hair Design team!!!

Nous vous souhaitons une bonne semaine de la Fierté !!!

Stay fabulous!

2018 Community Feature: Tweed

At Tweed, we don’t just want to spark a conversation about an often-stigmatized plant, we also want to continue the discussion about human rights that the Pride movement has been an important part of for  decades. As Canada inches closer to the legalization of recreational cannabis, we can’t help but consider the strong ties between the medical cannabis movement and the LGBTTQ* community. For instance, did you know that LGBTTQ* activists were a powerful force behind some of the earliest efforts to decriminalize cannabis? That’s right, but this shared vision isn’t the only thing we have in common. The LGBTTQ* community prides itself on important things like social activism, inclusiveness, progress and community development – and we’re proud that these same values run to our core as a company and are built into everything we do.

That’s why we will always march alongside you with Pride.